Archive: Jul 2011

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  • Fort Polk's 509th, 'Geronimo,' welcomes incoming commander

    Jul 5, 2011

    The 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, welcomed their incoming commander, Lt. Col. Scott Himes and said farewell to the outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Anthony G. Judge, June 29 at the 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Field.

  • U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Selects 27 Contracting NCOs for Reclassification

    Jul 5, 2011

    A reclassification board has selected 27 Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) for Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 51C reclassification. The board"consisting of members from the Defense Contract Management Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Army Contracting Command"was convened by the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) May 24-25.

  • Thunderstorms pose challenge to joint airborne operation

    Jul 5, 2011

    A joint operational access exercise, or JOAX, like the one completed at Fort Bragg, N.C., June 28 by the Air Force, the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team and other supporting units, is by nature about communication.

  • Rapid prototyping brings future to Soldiers

    Jul 6, 2011

    NATICK, Mass. -- Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center initiated an Immediate-Action prototyping effort in support of Soldiers in Operation Enduring Freedom. The result is the High-Capacity Ammunition Carriage System which enables a machine gunner to carry and fire up to 500 rounds of linked ammunition from a rucksack-like carrier.

  • Army's iWATCH video wins 2 Telly Awards

    Jul 6, 2011

    A public service announcement for the Army's iWATCH program won two Telly Awards June 13.

  • Sacramento District rangers pilot robotic submarines

    Jul 7, 2011

    A team of park rangers in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has been trained to pilot underwater remotely operated vehicles to capture live video and sonar images of underwater structures.

  • Corps environmental engineer receives Steel de Fleury Medal

    Jul 5, 2011

    After only four and a half years of employment with the Louisville District, Quyet C. La has received a prestigious military engineer award, the Steel de Fleury Medal, on June 28, 2011, for his significant contributions to the district’s environmental program.

  • Chaplain gives final sermon from Afghanistan

    Jul 5, 2011

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - With 16 people in attendance, the chapel at Forward Operating Base Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan, was nearly at capacity June 26.

  • Army Chaplain recognized for commitment to families of the fallen

    Jul 5, 2011

    DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Army Chap. (Maj.) Charles Wallace was recognized at the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs for his work with families of the fallen this year.

  • Sergeant Audie Murphy Club hosts golf for Wounded Warriors

    Jul 5, 2011

    The Wounded Warriors of Fort Gordon were recently treated to a day of golf in South Carolina. The Fort Gordon Chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Association hosted the Wounded Warriors Golf Par 3 Scramble June 25 at Porters Par 3 in Clarks Hill, S.C.

  • Despite triple-digit heat, thousands celebrate Fourth of July at Fort Hood

    Jul 6, 2011

    Triple-digit heat didn't prevent Fort Hood Soldiers and families from celebrating the Fourth of July during Freedom Fest 2011.

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Miguel E. Reyna delivers the first pitch

    Jul 5, 2011

  • Wiesbaden Soldiers receive host nation Medals for Civil Courage for helping at accident site

    Jul 5, 2011

    Sgt. John McCaughrean and two of his fellow 24th Military Intelligence Battalion, 66th MI Brigade, Soldiers stopped on the Autobahn to render assistance at a crash site March 13, and subsequently recognized by the German government for their courage.

  • Soldier pushes through adversity, takes 3rd Special Forces Group top NCO title

    Jul 5, 2011

    Profile story highlighting the 3rd Special Forces Group NCO of the Year, Staff Sgt. Melisha Kidd.

  • Controlled substance use limited to six months from dispense date

    Jul 5, 2011

    Recent changes to Army Medical Command regulation 40-51, Medical Review Officers and Review of Positive Urinalysis Drug Testing Results, now limits the length of time Soldiers can use prescribed controlled substance medications to six months from the date it was dispensed. The all Army activities message, or ALARACT, was issued by the Office of the Surgeon General on Feb. 23, 2011, and the changes are now being implemented Army-wide.

  • MLAAP Welcomes a New Commander

    Jul 8, 2011

    Milan Army Ammunition Plant welcomes the 37th plant commander on June 29, 2011.

  • Medics react to mass casualty exercise in Iraq

    Jul 6, 2011

    Medics and health care providers with 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, practiced their skills at reacting to a simulated mass casualty event on Contingency Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq, June 6, 2011.

  • Brothers serve combined half century with Iowa National Guard

    Jul 6, 2011

    Fifty years. That’s how long Sgt. 1st Class Tim Fiedler Jr. and his younger brother Staff Sgt. Rich Fiedler, combined have served not just in the Iowa National Guard, but in the same unit, Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment.

  • Thornton: ‘Exceed the standard every time’

    Jul 5, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Before this year, Fort Jackson’s Soldier of the Year, Spc. Matthew Thornton, had never been to a Soldier board.

  • Third Army hosts Peachtree Road Race 10K

    Jul 6, 2011

    More than 900 servicemembers and Department of Defense employees started their Fourth of July festivities by participating in the annual Peachtree Road Race 10K here.

  • Soldiers become U.S. citizens during Independence Day ceremony in Afghanistan

    Jul 6, 2011

    Five Soldiers from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Falcon, took the Oath of Naturalization, becoming some of the nation’s newest citizens during a ceremony July 4, 2011.

  • Biting off the fear

    Jul 5, 2011

    Soldiers are often afraid of seeing a dentist but this story attempts to debunk some of those concerns.

  • Dust, heat no deterrent for Fourth of July fun

    Jul 5, 2011

    Contingency Operating Site Kalsu is often a dusty and uncomfortably hot place in July. Despite the dismal conditions, Soldiers and civilian employees came out in droves to celebrate America’s Independence Day with sports, food and relaxation.

  • Finals cycling championship honors Fort Gordon Soldier

    Jul 5, 2011

    For five days, the city of Augusta, Lake Strom Thurmond and Fort Gordon, played host to USA Cycling’s 2011 National Championships. The national championships, which were held here for the very first time, saw more than 1,000 riders that represented over 35 states from sea to shining sea with ages varying from 10 to as high as 40.

  • RSC-Capital in Afghanistan conducts change of command

    Jul 5, 2011

  • 903rd Contingency Contracting Battalion welcomes new Commander

    Jul 6, 2011

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany ‐ The 903rd Contingency Contracting Battalion welcomed its new Commander on Kleber Kaserne June 10, in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

  • ‘It’s all riding on us’ says CIO/G6

    Jul 5, 2011

    The Fort Gordon Adolphus Greely Chapter of the Signal Corps Regimental Association honored local teens and several Signaleers before the annual Signal Corps Ball held June 24 at the Marriott Augusta Hotel and Suites in downtown Augusta.

  • Darnall professionals lead injured or wounded Soldiers through medical evaluation system

    Jul 7, 2011

    Even after they’ve done all that they can for the injured or wounded Soldiers they treat, the care and concern shown by the medical professionals at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center doesn’t end with that final entry in the Soldiers’ medical records.

  • ARSOUTH NCOs visit S.A. Lighthouse for the Blind

    Jul 5, 2011

    SAN ANTONIO - Approximately 40 U.S. Army South noncommissioned officers visited the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind (SALB) here June 23 to get a firsthand look at what goes into making many of the products they use regularly.

  • The President delivers Remarks at Independence Day Celebration

    Jul 5, 2011

    President Obama speaks to military families celebrating Independence Day on the South Lawn of the White House.

  • Picatinny spouse shares skills for saving money

    Jul 5, 2011

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - Jody Jarrell, a Picatinny Arsenal employee, a former Soldier and spouse of a currently deployed Soldier, knows how to save and save immensely. Not only does she do it for herself, but she is willing to show other consumers how to attain the same savings.

  • Mud run tests strength, endurance

    Jul 5, 2011

    Six Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, joined forces to tackle 25 obstacles throughout the Tough Mudder, a nine-mile obstacle course set in the Rocky Mountains.

  • Soldiers improve communication skills

    Jul 5, 2011

    Whether organizing a patrol with Iraqi Security Forces or talking to subordinates about roles in a training exercise, good communication is key to success. Soldiers from 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, focused on improving interpersonal communication skills during a class at Contingency Operating Base Warhorse, Iraq, June 28.

  • Operation Iron Lion sweeps Ninewa province ISF showcase ability to protect citizens, defend Iraq

    Jul 5, 2011

    Following months of collective training with 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, members of the Iraqi Security Forces conducted Operation Iron Lion at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center and Ghuzlani Eagle Training Site, Iraq, June 27. Iron Lion is a capstone training demonstration performed at the provincial level to demonstrate Iraqi Security Forces’ capabilities and the ability of its units to work cohesively to defend Iraq.

  • First AFAP EFMP Focus Forum held

    Jul 6, 2011

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Dozens of issues were discussed regarding the Exceptional Family Member Program at the first Army Family Action Plan EFMP Focus Forum June 21. Out of all the issues, three were deemed the most critical by the forum participants and will become part of the Fort Hood AFAP.

  • Soldiers celebrate Fourth of July at Kandahar Airfield

    Jul 5, 2011

    Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, celebrated the 235th anniversary of America’s independence by administering the oath of enlistment to 235 servicemembers during an Independence Day celebration held July 4, 2011, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

  • DCOM-Regional Support conducts battlefield circulation in western Afghanistan

    Jul 4, 2011

    Brig. Gen. Tom Cosentino, deputy commander, Regional Support, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, Camp Eggers, Kabul, conducted a battlefield circulation of Regional Support Command- West from June 28-July 2.

  • Cavalry Soldiers honor fallen comrades

    Jul 3, 2011

    The sound of taps echoed through the dining facility at Contingency Operating Site Cobra, Iraq, as Soldiers of 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, reflected on memories of two fallen comrades, June 28. Staff Sergeant Russell Proctor, 25, from Oroville, Calif., and Pfc. Dylan Johnson, 20, a native of Tulsa, Okla., both of Troop C, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regt., 2nd AAB, died from injuries sustained while conducting operations in support of Operation New Dawn in Diyala province, June 26.

  • Engineers remove temporary bridge in Kirkuk province

    Jul 3, 2011

    Soldiers of 74th Multi-role Bridge Company, 36th Engineer Brigade, along with support from Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, recovered a temporary bridge from southern Kirkuk province, Iraq, June 20. Soldiers emplaced the bridge early in Operation Iraqi Freedom to allow freedom of movement for U.S. and Iraqi forces throughout southern areas of the province.

  • Kurdish Regional Guard trains squad ambush and movement tactics at MTC

    Jul 3, 2011

    Squads of 1st Kurdish Regional Guard Brigade soldiers conducted ambush and movement training at Manila Training Center in Kirkuk province, Iraq, June 23. Halfway through a four-week training cycle, U.S. Division " North Soldiers of 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, evaluated the performance of the students and the Iraqi instructors leading the tactical and technical classes.

  • Iraqi soldiers practice marksmanship, prepare for Operation Iron Lion

    Jul 3, 2011

    Days before taking part in a battalion live fire exercise to culminate their training at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, Iraqi soldiers conducted a dry run with their M16 rifles, June 22. Staff Sergeant Michael Blake, a scout assigned to Troop A, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, taught soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Div., a class about marksmanship skills to be used during their Operation Iron Lion event, set for June 27.

  • Villagers point security patrol to IED

    Jul 3, 2011

    Photo story - While patrolling through Jamal Village, Afghanistan, American Soldiers were directed to a suspected improvised explosive device hidden in a nearby wadi. The IED, which had buried in the wadi and set to detonate if stepped on, was reduced in place by an explosive ordnance disposal team without incident.

  • Coalition transitions first buildings to Afghan control

    Jul 5, 2011

    Afghan National Security Forces at Camp Hero, Kandahar province, were the first in Afghanistan to transition coalition-maintained buildings to complete Afghan control. On July 1, 17 buildings were scheduled to be transitioned to Afghanistan's Department of Public Works.

  • ‘Kings of Battle’ train Iraqi field artillerymen

    Jul 2, 2011

    Since November 1775, U.S. Army field artillerymen have become renowned for their use of indirect fire weapons support to provide timely, accurate and lethal deliveries of artillery munitions. More than 200 years later, modern-era “Kings of Battle” serving with 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, are advising, training and assisting their Iraqi partners on how to use fire support weaponry to defend Iraq.

  • Fort Meade pool hours

    Jul 1, 2011

  • Present Arms

    Jul 1, 2011

    Army Cadets present arms at their regiment's activation ceremony, part of the U.S. Army Cadet Command's Leader Development and Assessment Course.

  • Career development programs shape future in unique field of Foreign Military Sales

    Jul 13, 2011

    The Army’s “Face to the World” just got a little younger. By utilizing a number of internship and career development programs, the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) is fostering a new age of government employee. These programs, available to college students and recent college graduates of all ages are helping to prepare participants for a career with the government.

  • Army/Boeing unveils new defensive vehicle

    Jul 1, 2011

    Boeing and members of U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command came together to show their support for the Army’s High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator.

  • Retiree Appreciation Day held at Stillwell Center

    Jul 27, 2011

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The U.S. Army Garrison, Presidio of Monterey (POM), and the Fort Ord Area Retiree Council held the annual Retiree Appreciation Day at General Stilwell Community Center June 11. More than 500 retirees visited information booths representing organizations such as TRICARE, Social Security Administration, the PX, the Defense Commissary, Veterans service offices, and various local and national service organizations.

  • 407th AFSB DOL takes operational control of Fort Sill Logistics Support Team

    Jul 1, 2011

    The Fort Sill Directorate of Logistics became the first DOL in the Army to be given operational control of a logistics support team under "The Mighty" 407th Army Field Support Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas, April 27.

  • Picatinny recognized for saving DoD $19.9 million

    Jul 1, 2011

  • US and China make musical history at UN

    Jul 1, 2011

    Listen to UN Radio's recording of the musical history made at the United Nations General Assembly after military bands from the United States and China held their first ever joint concert.

  • Independence Day Holiday Safety Message

    Jul 1, 2011

    Fourth of July Holiday Safety Message from Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and U.S. Army Military District of Washington commanding general.

  • First Lady visits Vermont National Guard

    Jul 5, 2011

    First Lady Michelle Obama visited hundreds of members of the Vermont National Guard and their families June 30, 2011, at the VTNG’s Army Aviation Support Facility in South Burlington, to thank military members and their families for their continued hard work.

  • Online levy brief begins; saving customers time, post money

    Jul 5, 2011

    Fort Hood’s Directorate of Human Resources has changed the way Soldiers complete levy brief requirements for reassignments, making the levy brief process faster and easier for customers.

  • Tobyhanna Army Depot: Center of Radar Excellence

    Jul 1, 2011

    Tobyhanna Army Depot supports a variety of radars for the armed services.

  • Keeping this summer safe

    Jul 7, 2011

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Summer is here. Soldiers and their Families are out in force on area lakes, at the pools and outside enjoying the sunshine and hot weather. Along with summer and its associated outdoor activities comes a renewed emphasis on safety while enjoying outdoor activities and the need for battle buddies to look out for one another.

  • a new kind of community

    Jul 1, 2011

  • Silent Soldiers train on recon

    Jul 1, 2011

    Soldiers of 2nd Detachment, C/38th (ABN) Long Range Surveillance Company, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, practiced reconnaissance drills, platoon movement and convoy movement at Yakima Training Center, June 25.

  • Community renews its commitment to military

    Jul 1, 2011

  • 11th TTSB welcomes new brigade command sergeant major

    Jul 1, 2011

    FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. -- The 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade officially welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Earl Allen during an assumption of responsibility ceremony held Tuesday on Brown Parade Field.

  • Art project gives old chairs new life

    Jul 1, 2011

    Summer is the perfect time to grab a chair, sit back and relax outside with a good book. The Joint Base Lewis-McChord community is invited to celebrate this summer pastime with a bit of a twist, mixing imaginations with art supplies.

  • Rodeo scenario tests emergency response for joint base

    Jul 1, 2011

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord tested its ability to respond to a simulated Air Force plane crash on the McChord Field flightline Tuesday for the first time in the joint base’s young history.

  • Firefighting from the air

    Sep 30, 2011

    FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. -- Each year, air tanker pilots from across the country report to the Air Tanker Base adjacent to Libby Army Airfield here, to answer the call of the annual wildfire season in the Southwest. These unsung heroes, the air tanker pilots, air attack pilots, officers and supervisors, assist the firefighters on the ground and play an important role in the way wildfires are contained, fought and extinguished.

  • Combatives: Fighter gives III Corps veteran presence

    Jul 5, 2011

    On a fight night in Hawaii in 2008, a squad volunteered their platoon sergeant into the ring as a joke. But it wasn't a joke for his opponent, who ended up with a broken nose and collarbone.

  • Just Out for a Spin

    Jul 1, 2011

    Your engine quits and your aerobatic airplane becomes a heavy glider. You do an eyeball scan of the local real estate, and the available options don’t include an airfield. Gravity isn’t going to wait, so you’re going to have to make some quick risk management decisions.

  • Diver Down

    Jul 1, 2011

    I consider myself a fairly experienced diver. I’ve had more than 30 dives, along with an advanced scuba certification and a couple of specialty certifications. I also learned to dive in water that had limited visibility, which was usually anywhere from five to 10 feet on good days. My diving experiences had been fairly uneventful in terms of emergencies or accidents, but that was about to change.

  • Between a Jack and a Hard Spot

    Jul 1, 2011

    There I was … trapped like a monkey with its hand stuck in the cookie jar!

  • Instilling Safety Awareness

    Jul 1, 2011

    While traveling on a moonless night, I sat in a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. I was operating the remote-controlled arm of the buffalo in our search for improvised explosive devices (IEDs). These roadside bombs were re-seeded every day by insurgent groups, so we searched the same highways and roads endlessly to ensure the safe passage of troops, supplies and the civilian populace.

  • Into the Thin Air …

    Jul 1, 2011

    Our mission was to play “elevator” for pararescue personnel training and qualifying with the square parachute. Our task was to pick up as many jumpers as we could, take them up to 13,000 feet and have them jump out. It was a cool November day in the California high desert, and we weren’t worried about power limits due to temperature. The mission was pretty simple to execute " that is, until the mission took a bad turn for us.

  • It Ain’t Just for Looks

    Jul 1, 2011

    It was a warm July afternoon and I was getting ready to go across town for a get-together with a group of other riders. I had a helmet, but it was not required in the state where I lived. The year was 1978, and I had just gotten out of the military after doing one tour. Hairstyles in the 70’s were, for the most part, long, and I felt the need to grow mine since I had to keep it so short in the military. At the last minute, I decided to wear my full-face helmet since I knew it would keep the bugs out of my long locks. Man, I’m glad I did.

  • The Epiphany

    Jul 1, 2011

    Was it worth taking the chance of never seeing my fiancé again just to prove I was faster than someone else?

  • The Cotter Pin

    Jul 1, 2011

    I crewed rotary-wing aircraft for the first 12 years of my career before becoming a rated aviator. I’d like to share an experience I had while serving in a CH-47D company as a flight engineer.

  • WIN-T leverages field experience to improve protected satellite communications

    Jul 12, 2011

    Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (PM WIN-T) takes advantage of hands-on battlefield experience by leveraging that knowledge within its own acquisition community. Captain Sheila Banks is one such asset. “We are leveraging her field experience from three rotations in Iraq and Afghanistan and her ARFORGEN (Army Force Generation) deployment experience to minimize the impact on units as we field new equipment to them,” said Lt. Col. Gregory Coile, product manager Satellite Communications (PdM SATCOM) assigned to PM WIN-T. “Her tactical combat experience is being injected into the PM office.” Banks, former assistant product manager for Protected Satellite Communication assigned to PdM SATCOM, was instrumental in a recent milestone for the Army’s secure tactical network. In April, PM WIN-T completed the fielding of the next generation Secure, Mobile, Anti-Jam, Reliable, Tactical-Terminals (SMART-T) to its first tactical units, an upgrade which will greatly increase satellite throughput on the battlefield. “The most important thing about this fielding is that these enhancements will maximize a troop’s communication and increase the available data on the battlefield,” said Edwin Rivera, project lead for SMART-T. “In war today one or two minutes can be critical, so the more data that we can receive, the better prepared we are to plan and carry out our missions.” “The most important thing about this fielding is that these enhancements will maximize a troop’s communication and increase the available data on the battlefield,” said Edwin Rivera, project lead for SMART-T. “In war today one or two minutes can be critical, so the more data that we can receive, the better prepared we are to plan and carry out our missions.” SMART-T makes it possible for Soldiers to extend the range of their network in such a manner that communications cannot be jammed, detected, or intercepted. Soldiers can send text, data, voice and video communications beyond their area of operations without worrying that the information will fall into the hands of enemy forces. More than 250 of the original iteration of the systems have been fielded to date. “It’s the security of the communications that is most important, especially when (we are) overseas in a deployment area,” Banks said. The biggest difference between the legacy and the new Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite terminal upgrade is in capacity. The AEHF terminals will quadruple the satellite throughput. “As the project lead for the AEHF mission planning tool, Cpt. Banks was instrumental in getting the tool’s materiel release approved so that SMART-T AEHF upgrades could be fielded to brigades, divisions and corps,” Coile said. “This upgrade will bring a fourfold increase in bandwidth capability for protected communications to combat units.” The mission planning tool is necessary to configure both the AEHF SMART-T and to request satellite transponder space. This tool was developed in coordination with the Air Force, but the Army is the procuring agent for both the Air Force and the Marines. The tool is used to plan communication missions and to configure and load the systems. “Cpt. Banks’ input on the coordination of the AEHF upgrade to the SMART-T was crucial, Coile said. “She was essential in giving a battalion S6’s perspective on the impacts of the training and fielding decisions that we were making.” The S6 is the Battalion level communications, or signal officer, and the principal staff officer for all matters concerning command, control, communications, and computer operations. “When I first deployed to Iraq we had a SMART-T at our location and used it for dual homing along with the node center,” Banks said. “Once we redeployed back to Fort Hood, whenever we had training exercises we would always take a SMART-T out to the field.” With three deployments under her belt, Banks’ possesses firsthand experience with WIN-T systems and how they are used on the battlefield to meet mission requirements. Her entire military career has revolved around the signal community, including her previous position as a battalion S6. She is now translating that tactical satellite experience into the acquisition corps, Coile said. “We rely heavily on Cpt. Banks’ combat experience as a tactical signal officer to help us ensure that we understand how satellite terminals are being used,” Coile said. SMART-T is a component of the WIN-T architecture and compatible with both WIN-T Increments 1 and 2 and their corresponding equipment. Similar to a home Internet connection, WIN-T provides high-speed, high-capacity voice, data and video communications on the battlefield. “In my second deployment at Fort Hood, we were one of the first in our division to be issued a JNN (Joint Network Node) to our Signal Company,” Banks said. “I know how valuable WIN-T assets are and how beneficial they are to the Warfighter.” For the last six months, Banks has served as the assistant product manager for Protected Satellite Communications, which includes SMART-T, the mission planning tools for SMART-T, as well as Single Channel Anti-jam ManPortable (SCAMP) terminals, which are being transitioned out of the Army’s portfolio. Currently she is serving in theater as the liaison officer for the Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) to which PM WIN-T is assigned. As the on-the-ground representative for the PEO, she is responsible for sustaining and supporting C3T systems in theater, as well as synchronizing the withdrawal of equipment and personnel with the drawdown of forces in Iraq. Following her deployment she will return to PM WIN-T having furthered her expertise and experience even more. Amy Walker is a staff writer for Symbolic Systems, Inc. supporting the Army’s Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T).

  • The Grill Drill

    Jul 1, 2011

    It’s July and summer is officially in full swing. For many of us, summer provides the opportunity to host backyard get-togethers with friends and neighbors for outdoor recreation such as horseshoes, volleyball and, of course, grilling. While there are minor risks inherent with horseshoes and volleyball (maybe a horseshoe to the ankle or a volleyball to the face), we should all consider the potentially catastrophic risks related to grilling. To keep these risks in check, we should run through “The Grill Drill” before every cookout.

  • Death in the High Country

    Jul 1, 2011

    A few years ago when I was a member of a search-and-rescue team in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, another team asked our help in locating a lost hunter. We responded and I went as part of a three-man all-terrain vehicle (ATV) team. I recall that it was a beautiful, clear, cold, crisp morning as we drove south to the Sangre de Cristo Range.

  • USACE, USAG Ansbach open Storck Community Activity Center

    Jul 1, 2011

    USACE and USAG Ansbach officials gathered for a dedication ceremony and grand opening of the Col. Louis J. Storck Community Activity Center, Storck Barracks, on June 14.

  • Army conducts large-scale network exercise at White Sands

    Jul 1, 2011

  • Army Reserve, Army National Guard to launch IRR Affiliation Program

    Jul 1, 2011

    Beginning July 1, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) Soldiers and their Families will be able to tap into a geographically local military network of support to ensure their well-being and readiness.

  • Stevens takes command of Army Corps of Engineers in the Pacific

    Jul 5, 2011

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii--Col. Edward J. Kertis relinquished his position as commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Pacific Ocean Division to Brig. Gen. Richard L. Stevens during a Change of Command ceremony June 30 at historic Palm Circle, here.

  • Eco-friendly neighborhood unveiled in Ansbach

    Jul 1, 2011

    Soldiers, leaders and civilian employees of 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach celebrated the grand opening of the Urlas family housing area June 14.

  • Ceremony marks the completion of an aviation apron extension

    Jul 1, 2011

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South completes part one of a three-phase construction project on Kandahar Airfield.

  • Officials continue Arlington cemetery investigation

    Jul 1, 2011

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command will continue its inquiry into any potential crimes or other improprieties committed at Arlington National Cemetery, a spokesman for CID announced yesterday.

  • DoD announces Iraq, Afghanistan campaign stars

    Jul 6, 2011

    Bronze campaign stars are now authorized for servicemembers who have served in Iraq since Sept. 1, 2010, or in Afghanistan since Dec. 1, 2009, Defense Department officials announced today.

  • Change of command marks V Corps transition in Germany

    Jul 1, 2011

    WIESBADEN, Germany - V Corps took another step toward settling into its new home in Wiesbaden June 24 by welcoming its new Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion commander.

  • 6-52nd ADA Battalion NCOs hike Suwon mountain

    Jul 1, 2011

    SUWON, South Korea - Despite a heavy downpour and driving wind, noncommissioned officers of the 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery charged up the steep hill of Kwangkyosan Mountain as part of the NCO professional development session that took place here June 25.

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